By Fr. Barnabas Nair
Greetings to all my beloved Orthodox Christians. I am Fr. Barnabas
from Labasa, the second largest island in Fiji. I am taking the
opportunity to convey to you how I found the truth in the Orthodox
When I first met His Eminence Mr. Amphilochios on my island Vanua
Levu in the city of Savusavu it was a Saturday morning on the 18th of
June in 2010. When he visited me in my store, he was standing near my
door. I thought he was an ordinary man, but then I saw that he wore a
pectoral cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. I took him into my shop. I was
very happy and my tears were rolling when I shook hands with him. With
his smiling face he called me outside and we had a pleasant
I managed to meet him again the next Sunday. It was the only time for
me to pray with a holy man, I, who up until then was a very strong
Hindu and did not want to become a Christian. One evening I invited him
to my home to have dinner and to meet my family. Throughout my life
being a Hindu no one ever visited my family. But that which His Eminence
did by visiting me, despite me not being a Christian, was an emotional
moment for me and left me speechless. We had some discussions and later
he asked me if I wanted to change my faith and become an Orthodox
Christian. Something that I easily noticed was that he was a man full of
love and true faith.
Later he took me and my family to Greece, and then I was ordained a
deacon in Rhodes in the Monastery of Panagia Ipseni. We came to know
what Orthodoxy is. It is a true faith and today I feel proud that I am
an Orthodox Christian. When I see churches and monasteries, tears fall
from my eyes and I thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who changed
our life into Orthodox Christians.
Then after a week I was ordained a priest in the Church of Saint
Gregory Palamas in Thessaloniki. It was a great day for my family and
for the people of my island of Vanua Levu. In my life I never thought I
would become an Orthodox priest and I am very proud and want to thank
our Lord Jesus Christ.
I assure you that with the help of God and the blessing of His
Eminence Amphilochios I will bring in many Orthodox Christians on my
island, in the Church of Saint Athanasius and Saint Nicholas in Vanua
Levu. The grace of our God and His infinite mercy be with you.
I want to thank His Eminence Archbishop Amphilochios for my
ordination to the diaconate, as well as the nuns and fathers of the
monastery in Tharri of Rhodes. I would also like to give my heartfelt
thanks to the residents of Rhodes for the care and love shown us during
our stay on the island.
Finally, I want to thank the people of the Orthodox Brotherhood of
Foreign Missions in Thessaloniki for their great support during my
ordination and throughout the entire duration of my stay there.
Source and thanks to http://journeytoorthodoxy.com